Patient and caregiver experiences on care transitions for adults with a hip fracture: a scoping review

ASIF, Maliha
CADEL, Lauren
KULUSKI, Kerry
EVERALL, Amanda C
GUILCHER, Sara J T
Publication Date 
May 2019
11 pp

Purpose: The purpose of this scoping review was to explore the literature on experiences and perspectives of patients with hip fractures and their caregivers during transitions in care.

 

Methods: Seven databases were searched for studies published between 1 January 2000 and 3 July 2018. Grey literature was also searched.

 

Results: Eleven articles met the inclusion criteria. The scoping review found that patients and caregivers encounter several challenges during care transitions including the following: lack of information sharing, role confusion and disorganized discharge planning. Common suggestions reported in the literature for improving care transitions were: increasing written communication, offering a patient representative role, using technology for knowledge dissemination and increasing geriatrician involvement.

 

Conclusions: The results of this scoping review provide a useful foundation from which to build strategies to address challenges such as lack of information sharing, role confusion and disorganized discharge planning experienced by patients and caregivers during care transitions. Further research needs to explore the development of strategies to promote patient-centered care especially during discharge from an acute care facility.

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